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WhatsApp is testing an ‘unsend’ feature for messages – report

Almost everyone will have sent a message they wished they could take back – but those days of WhatsApp regret could soon be over.

Whether it’s a drunken text to an ex, a typo-laden message to a colleague or client, or a saucy text to a family member that was meant for your partner, there’s no shortage of texts that we’d like to unsigned. Fortunately, the latest rumour is that WhatsApp is working on exactly that feature.

According to WABetaInfo, a Twitter feed that reports news about WhatsApp updates, the hugely popular messaging app will soon get a “recall” option. The site details how several names for the feature have been tested, including “unsend” and “revoke”.

Apparently the icon is already available in the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.17.171, but it’s disabled by default. WABetaInfo also suggests that Recall will be available on the iOS beta with the next update.

The feature seemingly allows users to recall/unsend a message that’s been delivered to another user. Right now, there’s no way of scrapping a sent message once it’s arrived on someone else’s phone.

But it wouldn’t be a huge surprise for WhatsApp to add such a feature. Facebook owns both WhatsApp and Instagram, the latter of which already has an unsend option for direct messages. There’s no reason why the same basic idea couldn’t be ported over to WhatsApp too.

However, don’t forget that just because a feature is being tested doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to make it to the live version of software. It’s entirely possible that WhatsApp will never get a proper recall feature, and we’ll be resigned to a life of actually thinking about what we type before we hit send. The horror…

WhatsApp launched in January 2009, and now serves over one billion users globally. The company was bought out by Facebook in February 2014 for the huge sum of $19.3 billion.

Samsung is reportedly facing supply issues with its 6GB RAM Galaxy S8+

A new report claims Samsung is facing supply issues with its Galaxy S8+ model that comes with 6GB of RAM, as the number of pre-ordered Galaxy S8 and S8+ handsets drops after two days of official services in Korea.

According to a ZDNet report, the number of Samsung’s phones that started service on Wednesday dropped to 63,400 from 210,900 on Tuesday.

Telco sources apparently revealed to the site that the problem stems from the 6GB RAM Galaxy S8+ facing supply issues, following Samsung’s announcement that the phone could arrive late for some that pre-ordered.

The company begun shipping phones on Tuesday, though official sales start on Friday, to customers in South Korea, with more than a million pre-orders placed for the latest flagship phone.

In the UK, customers will have to wait until April 28 for the phone to arrive, but it’s already proving incredibly popular in Korea, with five times the amount of pre-orders racked up by last year’s Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

Samsung is expected to replenish its stock of 6GB RAM Galaxy S8+ models in the coming week, so the delay shouldn’t be too big of an issue.

Orders should continue to ship on a daily basis according to reports, as Samsung attempts to deal with reports of red-tinted screens on the Galaxy S8.

Some early adopters in Korea begun complaining of reddish tones within the AMOLED display during normal use, forcing Samsung to acknowledge the issue.

The company says the red tint is a natural part of the ‘adoptive display’ and can be easily changed by opening the phone’s display settings and going to Screen Mode>Color balance.

Display niggles aside, the phone looks to set to be one of the most popular handsets of 2017, and impressed us to the point we concluded: “Easily the best phone around right now. The Galaxy S8 feels like the future.”

Google Chrome could soon get native ad blocker

Ad-blocking could soon come as standard in the mobile and desktop versions of Google’s Chrome browser according to a new report.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal the company has been working on a native ad-blocker that would be turned on by default within Chrome.

According to the “people familiar with the company’s plans,” Google’s own ad-blocker would filter out only certain online adverts – specifically those that have been identified as potentially providing a “bad experience” for users.

At this point, Google hasn’t commented on the claims, and the information is far from verified, but the sources claim we could get an official announcement within weeks.

However, the company is also said to still be working on the project, and could decide to shelve it altogether if the last few issues can’t be addressed.

If the feature does go live, Chrome’s native ad-blocker could, it’s claimed, block all ads on a site that has been identified as having just one or a handful of inappropriate ads.

It would mean sites would have to ensure all promotions on its pages adhered to a set of standards, likely to be based on the Coalition for Better Ads’ recent list of ad standards.

As the WSJ reports, ad-blocking has been taken up by 26% of US users on desktop devices, as preventing against unwanted adverts becomes increasingly popular.

Its sources claimed this latest move from Google is designed to prevent further growth of third-party ad-blocking tools and give Google more control over the ad-blocking process.

A Google spokesperson told CNET “we do not comment on rumour or speculation,” adding: “We’ve been working closely with the Coalition for Better Ads and industry trades to explore a multitude of ways Google and other members of the Coalition could support the Better Ads Standards.”

For now then, we’re unsure as to whether Google is indeed developing its own ad-blocking tech for Chrome, and if so, when it will arrive. But we’re expecting to hear more very soon so stay tuned.

Xiaomi Mi6 takes on Galaxy S8 with supercharged processor

Chinese giant Xiaomi introduced a new smartphone during a press conference in Beijing – will meet with Xiaomi Mi6.

Despite the fact that Xiaomi has been successful in the world since the launch of its first smartphone in 2011. Now Xiaomi, one of the largest handset manufacturers in the world, is battling with such giants as Samsung and Apple, for the top five sales Ratings around the world. That’s why you probably need to take care of the company’s latest flagship phone, especially given its power plant specification and favorable prices.

Xiaomi Mi6 has a chip Snapdragon 835 from Qualcomm, which is only on a few phones. This means that the phone uses a highly efficient 10-nm processor; In the new version of Galaxy S8 from Samsung, for reference.

But the phone also has 6 GB of RAM, a 12-megapixel dual-camera system and a significant 3,350 mAh battery. The screen has a size of 5.15 inches and has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which corresponds to the selected logo at 428 pixels per inch. There are 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of disk space, and there is a front fingerprint sensor for download.

You can get the phone in various colors, including: silver, gray, gold, pink gold and purple. When it goes on sale (on an unspecified date), the phone will cost 2499 yuan for the base model – it’s around £ 285 / $ 365. This is a real deal compared to the starting price of the Galaxy S8 at 689 pounds. Unfortunately, There is no guarantee that the Xiaomi Mi6 will ever get to the British or American shores, so do not expect.

We introduced the Xiaomi Mi5 – the predecessor of this new phone – a respectable 4/5 rating in our review, praising the attractive phone design, high-end specifications, impressive screen, fast and detailed camera and cheap price.

Samsung Galaxy S8 loses out to Apple’s iPhone 7 for repairability

With every major smartphone release comes the inevitable iFixit teardown report, detailing how repairable (or not) your blower is. So how did the new Samsung Galaxy S8 fare?

The tinkerers at iFixit have finished cracking open the Galaxy S8 and have published their final findings about the repairability of Samsung’s latest flagship. Unfortunately it’s bad news, as the phone scored a meagre 4/10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

So what went wrong? Well, while the battery can be replaced, tough adhesive and a glued-on rear panel makes it “unnecessarily difficult”, according to the report.

Then there are the front and back glass panels, which “double the crackability”, combined with strong adhesive on both that “makes it tough to access the internals” for a quick repair job.

Finally, iFixit notes that the curved screen means that replacing the front glass without destroying the display is “extremely difficult”.

The good news is that Samsung has actually improved things since last year. After all, the Galaxy S7 scored an even less impressive 3/10 in the teardown. However, the Galaxy Note 7 did manage to match the Galaxy S8’s 4/10 – before it started exploding, mind.

However, Samsung will be sad to hear that Apple’s latest iPhone 7 massively outstripped the Galaxy S8 in terms of repairability. In iFixit’s teardown for the Apple flagship last year, the phone was awarded a respectable 7/10, with the only major concern being the need for four different types of screwdrivers during repair. This may come as a shock to some, as Apple is regularly stereotyped as building tough-to-repair devices.

In any case, the repairability of the Samsung Galaxy S8 is likely to be a minor concern for many users. We were extremely impressed by the handset, and awarded the phone a top 5/5 score in our full review. We praised the handset’s awesome display, futuristic design, and stunning camera. Here’s Mobile Editor Max Parker’s verdict:

“The Samsung Galaxy S8 is a new beginning for flagship phones. It’s a gorgeous sliver of tech that utilises its power for extending the experience beyond the 5.8-inchd display, but manages to still be a phone that’s easy to use.”

The Samsung Galaxy S8 started shipping out to pre-order customers on April 19, 2017, and officially goes on sale in stores later this month.

Sony PS4 Slim 1TB now standard in US — Brits still paying more

The 1TB version of PS4 Slim appeared in Europe for a long time, and now Sony finally introduced it to North American territory.

Perhaps, as a reward for the patience of our transatlantic buddies, the hardness of the 1 TB hard drive is now standard, and Sony keeps the price ($ 299) just as it asked for a transient 500 GB model.

The company took part in Twitter to make the announcement, promising that the model with increased memory capacity will be available next month.

Although this is great news for gamers based in the US, this is perhaps a touch of discord for those in the UK.

At the time of writing, it’s interesting to note that the 500GB and 1TB versions of the PS4 Slim are still available to British gamers with a price disparity, which depends on which retailer you are buying.

We turned to Sony to find out if the company has a version of 500 GB, and give them an advantage in 1 TB of memory in the near future.

PlayStation UK, so we will have to assume that in the foreseeable future they will be available for 500 and 1 TB.

Your Amazon Fire TV is about to get way better

Thanks to the new update, every Amazon Fire TV device should receive a significant update: Alexa support.

Amazon has been selling Fire TV devices since 2014, and the general concept is the same. We saw how the Fire TV box and Fire Sticks are sold throughout the UK, the US, Germany and Japan with relative success, but now the platform is heavily shifted.

This week, Amazon has launched a new update for all Amazon Fire TV devices in the UK, which adds support for Alexa. This means that owners of Fire TV will be able to use a special digital assistant Amazon, controlled by voice.

This step comes when Amazon releases Alexa’s remote control. But if you do not have the luxury of such a remote control, you can still use the Alexa functions by downloading the iOS application or Android and using the built-in microphone of your smartphone.

Amazon depth sounder. Amazon depth sounder. You will be able to do all the usual things, like checking news and weather, as well as third-party services, such as ordering a Uber or organizing a takeaway through JustEat. There is also “TV”, and so on.

Moreover, Amazon constantly adds new skills to the repertoire of Alexa, which means that your Fire TV will only become smarter with time. We are just happy that we can order Domino pizza using our voices.

There’s a Galaxy S8 and S8+ with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage

Samsung confirmed that it will sell souped-up Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 + smartphones with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory.

But now, it seems, they will be available immediately in the Korean homeland of the smartphone.

Phones that are listed on the company’s website without the price or date of the police are compared to the top 4GB / 64GB models available for pre-order in the west right now.

It is interesting that the company connects the top device with the docking station DeX.

Perhaps the company believes that more RAM and a larger embedded storage provides the best experience for users turning their smartphone into a PC?

The increased storage available in the South Korean version is not such a big deal given the capacity of 256MB microSD memory for all models, but the choice of additional RAM would be nice.

Will there be an option to get to the shores of the UK or the US, yet not seen, but recently he was seen traveling through the FCC in China.

Other than the extra RAM and storage, all of the other specs – like CPU and display resolution – remain the same.

The Galaxy S8’s Bixby button can be remapped – here’s how

Galaxy S8 marks a change in the design of the smartphone with its newly expanded screen, tiny frames and a complete lack of buttons to the physical home.

But the new functions of the phone are not limited to aesthetics, with the latest hardware packed inside this beautifully curved case, as well as several software add-ons to exceed everything.

Now one of the most recent additions is Samsung itself, to take over the digital personal assistant and rival Siri and Google Now: Bixby.

Bixby’s assistant has a lot of mental abilities, such as using the camera to find and find the best prices on the Internet for this basic database, as well as the usual useful suggestions and updates.

For those who do not want to scream some awkward phrase “Ok Google,” to understand this, Sammy added a physical Bixby button to his Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones that call the assistant with a single click.

But YouTuber Dylan Bertwell, and also as a user of Reddit Homeguy123, decided that he would prefer to use it for other purposes by Mark Brownlee (@MKBHD):

The result is shown in a YouTube video from Bertwell, which shows the physical Bixby button on the S8 used to launch Google Assistant, not for its own version of Samsung.

To be clear, Bertwell himself did not create an application for this task, as he explains in the video description: “I found a third-party application that will make the Bixby button change its function and do what you want.”

YouTuber has downloaded the free All-in-One application from the Google Play store to change the behavior of the button.

And if you’re intrigued as to how exactly this was done, there’s a full list of instructions over on XDA Developers, so when the S8 launches on April 28 in the UK (April 21 in the US), you’ll be able to follow Bertwell’s example.